practicality

Definitions

  • Frontispiece    MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE
    Frontispiece MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n practicality concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IN A MERCHANTMAN—BOMB-THROWER PRACTICE IN A MERCHANTMAN—BOMB-THROWER PRACTICE
PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The emu's eyes are so similar to that of a human eye, that those studying to become eye doctors often practice surgery on them.
    • n Practicality The quality or state of being practical; practicalness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Because Napoleon believed that armies marched on their stomachs, he offered a prize in 1795 for a practical way of preserving food. The prize was won by a French inventor, Nicholas Appert. What he devised was canning. It was the beginning of the canned food industry of today.
    • n practicality The character of being practical, or concerned with material considerations; practicalness.
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Quotations

  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”
  • Thích Nhat Hanh
    Thích Nhat Hanh
    “The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.”
  • Yogi Berra
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    “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
  • Larry Bird
    Larry Bird
    “I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody -- somewhere -- was practicing more than me.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.”

Idioms

Practical joke - A practical joke is a trick played on someone that is meant to be funny for people watching, though normally embarrassing for the person being tricked.
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Spanish practices - Unauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
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Time-honoured practice - A time-honoured practice is a traditional way of doing something that has become almost universally accepted as the most appropriate or suitable way.
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Usage

In literature:

Its central thought is the practical immutability of species.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
I'm a terribly practical old woman.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Still Buddhism does not in practice use such formulae as living in harmony with the laws of nature.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The governor owned large plantations, and was interested in raising cotton, corn, and peas, and was also a practical planter.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
A little practice will show you how to do this.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
We believe the practice of seizing what is called contraband of war, is an abusive practice, not founded in natural right.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
With this application, which is specific, a prompt compliance is practicable.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Such ideas, though they scarcely took any practical form, cannot be left out of account in the Church history of the period.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Some of these trades have practically ceased to recruit from American labor.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
A DEPARTURE FROM FORMER PRACTICES.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

Let pride and wrath be banished hence;
Meekness and love our souls pursue;
Nor shall our practice give offence
To saints, the Gentile or the Jew.
"Hymn 126" by Isaac Watts
'You see, of all men for my sex
A poet is the worst;
Women are practical, and they
Crave the wherewith to pay their way,
And slake their social thirst.
"I Rose Up As My Custom Is" by Thomas Hardy
From hence ye rescud generation still
Abhorrd the practice of rebellious ill,
& feard the punishment for ill abhorrd,
& lovd repentance & adord ye Lord.
"Deborah" by Thomas Parnell
Praichers an taichers seem to swarm,
But sad to tell,--th' plain honest fact is,
They'd rayther bid yo shun all harm,
Nor put ther taichin into practice.
"Gooid" by John Hartley
Tell men of high condition,
That manage the estate,
Their purpose is ambition,
Their practice only hate:
And if they once reply,
Then give them all the lie.
"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh
Birdsong brings relief
to my longing
I'm just as ecstatic as they are,
but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice
some song or something through me!
"Birdsong" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

AberdeenGroup recognizes big-box retailer for best practices in invoice management.
However, a recent survey reveals many small businesses are missing the boat in some areas of their accounts receivable practice.
My associate and I are starting a new private urology practice after being employees of a large practice for five years.
One of the billers from the practice will be coming with us so that we can set up an in-house billing department.
To absolutely no one's surprise, the hot topic during BYU's media availability after practice Monday night was the quarterback situation.
New Practice for Standard Practice for Fiber Reinforced Concrete for Making and Curing Test Specimens in the Laboratory and Field.
(Rick Egan The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, talks to reporters before practice at the Utah Jazz practice facility, Friday, May 4, 2012.
Practical Thermocouple Thermometry, Second Edition, focuses on practical aspects of how thermocouples work.
The second practice this afternoon was a bit subdued compared to the intensity of the early practice.
Baldwin did not practice either of the last two days after injuring his shoulder during practice this week.
Bolden completed his first practice with his new team on Thursday as selected veterans and freshman took the field in the afternoon practice session of day one of training camp.
Leaders of the California Assembly say they have no plans to change their longstanding practice of adding and changing their votes after they're cast on the Legislature floor, despite criticism of the practice.
The New England Patriots were without guards Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) and Dan Connolly (back) and receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and for their first practice of the week on Wednesday, according to the team's first practice report of the week.
Translating The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Into Practice: DoJ/SEC Offer Pragmatic Enforcement Guide.
But when the first practice ended, there wasn't another practice for players to look forward to — or dread.
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In science:

UHECR protons produced in the halo of our galaxy can propagate practically unaffected and the production spectrum should be compared with the observations.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
Security aspect of practical quantum cryptography.
A simple unbreakable code
Mitra. A, Completely secure practical cryptography. quant-ph/ 9912074.
A simple unbreakable code
This simplification is exact in the limits P and c → 0 when the random walks of the parent and his offspring are practically not affected by other particles.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
In practice one solves the problem of fixing the parameters by an iteration that starts with a trial partitioning of counterions inside and outside the cylinder that is subsequently refined until the boundary conditions are exactly satisfied.
Osmotic Properties of Charged Cylinders: Critical Evaluation of Counterion Condensation Theory
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